2017 College Softball Power Rankings: Fourth Edition

Missouri took two of three from Alabama at home in week eight. Was it enough to see them get into the top 16? (Photo courtesy of SECSports.com)

2017 College Softball Power Rankings: Fourth Edition

The fourth edition of our power rankings for the 2017 season encompasses the last week of March and the opening weekend of April. There was not much movement at the top, but the bottom of the poll continues to remain fluid. Below we list the top 16 teams along with the next four teams.

We will start by providing last week’s rankings below and please note the table below is based on records as of March 28.

RankTeamConf.Overall
Record
Conf.
Record
Last
Week's Ranking
1FloridaSEC29-27-11
2Florida StateACC32-1-112-03
3ArizonaPac-1232-16-04
4OregonPac-1229-05-05
5AuburnSEC28-53-32
6Texas A&MSEC28-37-26
7MinnesotaBig 1028-23-09
8AlabamaSEC31-47-28
9OklahomaBig 1228-70-012
10WashingtonPac-1226-63-37
11UtahPac-1221-73-210
12UCLAPac-1224-80-313
13BaylorBig 1228-62-115
14James MadisonColonial26-42-111
15LouisianaSun Belt23-56-016
16KentuckySEC22-64-218
17TennesseeSEC28-56-317
18LSUSEC28-74-220
19MichiganBig 1023-7-13-019
20GeorgiaSEC26-72-414

Below are the previous editions of our Power Rankings.

First Edition (March 15)

Second Edition (March 22)

Third Edition (March 29)

Below is the fourth edition of our 2017 power rankings and please note the records listed are through games as of April 4.

#1 – Florida Gators (33-2 Overall, 10-1 SEC)

The Gators (#1 last week) had a perfect week going 4-0 with a midweek victory over Bethune-Cookman and a sweep of Arkansas over the weekend. The Florida bats were hot all four games and the pitching allowed just 2 runs on 8 hits in the three game set at Arkansas. The Gators will take on North Florida on Wednesday followed by a three game set at home against Georgia.

#2 – Florida State Seminoles (35-1-1 Overall, 15-0 ACC)

Florida State (#2 last week) had another successful weekend against ACC opposition. Their pitching was not as good as previous weekends giving up seven runs against Pittsburgh, but the bats were on fire. The first two games saw FSU have 24 runs on 29 hits before a relative cool down of only five runs on six hits in the series finale. The Seminoles will be heading up to New York over the weekend for a three game series at Syracuse.

#3 – Arizona Wildcats (37-1 Overall, 9-0 Pac-12)

The Wildcats (#3 last week) had a strong pitching week posting as many shutouts (three) as runs allowed. They defeated Grand Canyon twice on Wednesday and then swept California on the road. Danielle O’Toole went 3-0 to improve to 19-1 while Taylor McQuillin went 2-0 to improve to 12-0. Arizona faces Stanford at home over the weekend.

#4 – Oregon Ducks (35-0 Overall, 8-0 Pac-12)

Oregon (#4 last week) is still perfect after a 6-0 week. They posted three shutouts in wins over BYU and Arizona State. Maggie Balint won three of the games, two of them in relief appearances, and saved another to move to 16-0. The Ducks had played 9 ranked opponents in a row before facing Portland State, a team they defeated twice on Tuesday. Oregon will get another ranked opponent in UCLA, but will be the on the road.

#5 – Auburn Tigers (31-5 Overall, 6-3 SEC)

Auburn started the weekend learning of their associate head coach’s resignation on Thursday night. They ended the weekend celebrating a sweep of Georgia on the road. The first two games were full of walks as Auburn drew 11 on Friday and 8 on Saturday. The finale was a close 4-3 victory, but Auburn was able to get past a last inning rally by the Bulldogs. Auburn takes on Samford midweek before welcoming Ole Miss at home.

#6 – Texas A&M Aggies (31-3 Overall, 9-2 SEC)

The Aggies (#6 last week) had a nice 3-0 week though their last game against South Carolina was cancelled due to weather. They defeated Texas State 5-1 on Wednesday with Samantha Show allowing just one hit and one walk in her complete game. They won the opening game 5-2 against South Carolina and followed that up with a 16-0 drubbing in the second game. Samantha Show again played a huge role in the circle (allowed three hits and two walks in a complete game shutout) and in the batter’s box (4 RBIs including a three run homer). The Aggies drew 10 walks as nine different batters recorded an RBI. Texas A&M plays McNeese State on Wednesday and then has a non-conference series at home versus Oklahoma State.

#7 – Oklahoma Sooners (31-7 Overall, 3-0 Big 12)

Oklahoma (#9 last week) make a move up rankings with an emphatic sweep of Iowa State to kickoff Big 12 play. The Sooners won the three game series by a combined score of 40-5. Nicole Pendley recorded 6 RBIs and Macey Hatfield had 5 RBIs. The Sooners will welcome Arkansas to Norman and then travel to face Texas over the weekend.

#8 – Minnesota Golden Gophers (32-3 Overall, 5-1 Big 10)

Minnesota (#7 last week) won the first and third game of their series against Illinois in shutout fashion. Sara Groenewegen threw complete game shutouts in the two wins allowing a combined two walks, six hits, and striking out 19 batters. Kendyl Lindaman had a 6 RBI effort in the opening game. The Gophers also posted two five inning shutouts of South Dakota on Tuesday. Tori Finucane one hit the Coyotes in game one allowing just two walks and striking out nine while Amber Fiser and Carlie Brandt combined to two hit them in the second game. Both Fiser and Brandt allowed on hit apiece as Maddie Houlihan, Sydney Dwyer, and Lindaman all posted 3+ RBIs on the day. Minnesota has a home series against Indiana over the weekend.

#9 – Utah Utes (24-7 Overall, 6-2 Pac-12)

A week after going 0-3, the Utes (#11 last week) bounced back to sweep Stanford on the road. The bats were hot as they recorded 25 runs on 34 hits, but they also recorded five errors over the first two games. Heather Bowen had 6 RBIs in the second game thanks to a first inning grand slam and a two run single in the seventh. Utah will be playing California in Salt Lake City over the weekend.

#10 – UCLA Bruins (26-9 Overall, 2-4 Pac-12)

The Bruins (#12 last week) scored a nice series victory over Washington the road to make a move up the rankings. The hitters came through for UCLA, which is the strength of this team. UCLA won the opening game 6-2 and then nearly squandered a 6 run lead in the second game, but held on for the 9-8 win. The series finale saw Washington win with a strong offensive showing of their own in a 12-7 victory, but UCLA showed what they are capable of against a good squad. UCLA can make a mark next week as undefeated Oregon comes to town.

#11 – Baylor Bears (32-6 Overall, 5-1 Big 12)

Baylor (#13 last week) completed an undefeated week at 4-0 with wins over Abilene Christian and Texas Tech. Kelsee Selman had her stuff going against Texas Tech with two wins allowing one run on two walks, seven hits, and striking out 18 combined in the victories. She went to 17-3 and also recorded third save of the season during the sweep of the Red Raiders. Baylor will take on Iowa State at home over the weekend.

#12 – Alabama Crimson Tide (32-6 Overall, 8-4 SEC)

Alabama (#8 last week) suffered a series loss at Missouri and subsequently dropped in the rankings. The Tide could not score any runs in the first game in the 2-0 loss, but came back to post a strong 9-3 victory in the second game with Peyton Grantham hitting three home runs. The third game was an extra innings loss that saw the Tide lose the lead twice, though both leads were never more than two runs. Alabama has been shutout at least once in each of the last three SEC series. The Tide will take on Lipscomb Wednesday followed up by a home series against LSU.

#13 – Washington Huskies (27-8 Overall, 4-5 Pac-12)

Washington (#10 last week) lost a series at home to UCLA. They lost the first game 6-2 as the bats could not get going and 9-8 in the second game with the rally coming up short in the bottom of the seventh. The final game was much better as the offense continued its surge from Saturday with a 12-7 win over the Bruins including 5 RBIs by Casey Stangel and 3 RBIs by Ali Aguilar. Washington will take on Oregon State at home over the weekend.

#14– Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (26-5 Overall, 9-0 Sun Belt)

The Ragin’ Cajuns (#15 last week) had a stellar weekend with an easy sweep over Georgia Southern. They won their three games by a combined score of 31-4 as DJ Sanders, Lexie Comeaux, and Daniella Chavez all recorded a 4 RBI effort in the series. The Ragin’ Cajuns recorded 5 home runs over the three games. They will be at home against Troy over the weekend and then take on Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday evening.

#15 – LSU Tigers (31-7 Overall, 7-2 SEC)

LSU (#18 last week) are back in the top 16 after a sweep of Mississippi State at home. The Tigers’ pitching was excellent over the weekend series allowing three runs on 11 hits including four hits over the final two games. Sydney Smith threw a complete game three hitter on Saturday while Allie Walljasper threw a complete game one-hitter on Sunday. LSU has a huge clash at Alabama over the weekend followed by a Tuesday night game against McNeese State.

#16 – Tennessee Volunteers (32-5 Overall, 6-3 SEC)

The Vols (#17 last week) had an excursion outside of the SEC as they swept North Carolina State and Eastern Kentucky handily. Megan Geer had 6 RBIs in the series against NC State, Meghan Gregg had 5, and Brooke Vines had 4. Both Geer and Scarlet McSwain had 2 home runs over the three games to lead the Vols offense to 30 runs and 32 hits. The Vols continued the offense with a 10-1 win over EKU with 10 runs on 10 hits as six different batters recorded an RBI. Tennessee travels to face Kentucky and then plays a doubleheader against Tennessee State on Tuesday.

Next Four

#17 – Michigan Wolverines (26-7-1 Overall, 6-0 Big 10)

Michigan (#19 last week) continued their dominance in the circle with a sweep of Northwestern. The Wolverines shutout the Wildcats in all three games allowing only 8 hits over the three games. Michigan has won 12 games in a row and posted shutouts in their last seven games. Michigan travels to face rival Ohio State over the weekend.

#18 – James Madison Dukes (31-6 Overall, 4-2 Colonial)

James Madison (#14 last week) dropped again this week after another surprise loss to a conference foe along with a loss to Virginia. The Dukes started the week with a doubleheader sweep of Virginia Tech in a doubleheader on Wednesday (2-0 and 7-6). The Colonial loss was to College of Charleston and it was not even a close game. The Cougars won 6-1 over the Dukes with JMU mustering just one run on four hits. James Madison did win the other two games against College of Charleston 16-6 and 3-2.

James Madison could not double up on Virginia on Tuesday. They started well with a 9-1 victory thanks to a 4 for 4 day from Megan Tolle as she and Taylor Newton both had 3 RBIs. Game two saw the Dukes fall behind 5-1 going into the seventh, but a 2 run home run from Kate Gordon and an RBI double by Megan Good came up just short in the 5-4 loss. JMU faces Towson over the weekend as they look to bounce back from an up and down week.

#19 – Missouri Tigers (20-14 Overall, 3-5 SEC)

Missouri was not ranked last week and were listed under knocking on the door. Well, the Tigers went right through the door and make a case for being ranked higher after taking two of three from Alabama. The pitching did well in the two wins allowing six hits in the 2-0 win on Friday and five in the 4-3 win on Sunday. The Tide won the middle game 9-3 after Missouri gave up four home runs with three going to Peyton Grantham. Missouri is a tough out for any SEC team, especially when the Tigers at home. That is where they will be against Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday and over the weekend versus Arkansas.

#20 – BYU Cougars (23-10 Overall, 0-0 West Coast)

BYU, like Missouri, was listed under knocking on the door last week and now crack the top 20. The Cougars lost a 1-0 battle to Oregon on Friday despite a strong outing from McKenna Bull. She went six innings giving up one run on three hits and striking out 8. BYU ended the weekend with two wins over Oregon State 4-2 and 2-1.

The Cougars have faced a strong schedule this season with wins over Washington, Georgia, Fresno State, and Utah. They have also faced and lost to Oklahoma, Auburn, Arizona, Texas A&M, Fresno State, and UCLA (twice). They have two tough losses on the résumé to LIU Brooklyn and McNeese State. The Cougars take on Mountain West leading Utah State on Wednesday and then start West Coast Conference action on Friday at Loyola Marymount.

Knocking on the Door

Kentucky and Georgia both fell out of the top 20 and into this space. These teams have some work to do to be one of the top twenty, but could make a jump over the new few weeks (in alphabetical order):

Arkansas, Arizona State, California, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Wisconsin.

Below is the Week Four Power Rankings table:

RankTeamConf.Overall
Record
Conf.
Record
Last
Week's Ranking
1FloridaSEC33-210-11
2Florida StateACC35-1-115-02
3ArizonaPac-1237-19-03
4OregonPac-1235-08-04
5AuburnSEC31-56-35
6Texas A&MSEC31-39-26
7OklahomaBig 1231-73-09
8MinnesotaBig 1032-35-17
9UtahPac-1224-76-211
10UCLAPac-1226-92-412
11BaylorBig 1232-65-113
12AlabamaSEC32-68-48
13WashingtonPac-1227-84-510
14LouisianaSun Belt26-59-015
15LSUSEC31-77-218
16TennesseeSEC32-56-317
17MichiganBig 1026-7-16-019
18James MadisonColonial31-64-214
19MissouriSEC20-143-5Not
Ranked
20BYUWest Coast23-100-0Not
Ranked

Oregon And Florida State Still Top Of Polls After Week 8

Oregon And Florida State Still Top Of Polls After Week 8

Oregon and Florida State remained at the top of the NCAA Softball polls following week eight’s action. Oregon is #1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll while Florida State is atop the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll.

In the Coaches Poll, Florida State received 20 of the 32 first place votes, which was two more than last week. Oregon sits in second, up one spot, with 8 first place votes after getting six last week. Florida dropped a spot to third and received only one first place vote, a decrease of five from last week. Arizona is fourth with three first place votes, one more than last week. The top five is rounded out by Auburn, who remains in the same place as last week.

There was some movement in the next five slots beginning with Texas A&M in sixth and Minnesota in seventh. Those teams swapped positions from last week while LSU climbs to eighth after sweeping Mississippi State. UCLA moves up four spots to ninth after taking two of three on the road from the team sitting in tenth, Washington.

Oklahoma is 11th and Alabama is 12th after being ranked ninth last week. The Tide lost two of three games on the road against Missouri. Baylor is up one spot to 13th while James Madison is 14th (down three spots), and Utah remains in 15th.

Louisiana-Lafayette is 16th, Tennessee is 17th, and Michigan is 18th as the Wolverines ride a win streak of 12 in a row with seven straight shutouts. Georgia is down a spot to 19th after being swept by Auburn while Kentucky is down four spots to 20th after losing two of three to Ole Miss.

Speaking of Ole Miss, they are 21st followed by BYU in 22nd and Arizona State in 23rd. Missouri is back in the top 25 at number 24 while we have a tie for the final spot in the rankings. Arkansas and Ohio State are a joint 25th with the Buckeyes cracking this poll for the first time. Wisconsin fell out of the top 25 while the entire Coaches Poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Florida State (20)78135-1-11
2Oregon (8)76633-03
3Florida (1)73233-22
4Arizona (3)72537-14
5Auburn66331-55
6Texas A&M64431-37
7Minnesota59530-36
8LSU52931-710
9UCLA49826-913
10Washington49627-88
11Oklahoma48031-712
12Alabama45132-69
13Baylor41432-614
14James Madison41030-511
15Utah35724-715
16Louisiana30926-517
17Tennessee29031-519
18Michigan26526-7-120
19Georgia22227-1018
20Kentucky21824-816
21Ole Miss11424-1124
22BYU9723-1025
23Arizona State6523-1221
24Missouri5920-14Not
Ranked
T-25Arkansas5022-1223
T-25Ohio State5022-7Not
Ranked

In the USA Softball Poll, Oregon consolidated their lead at the top garnering 15 first place votes out of 20 total. That is an increase of 7 from last week as the Ducks remain the lone unbeaten in NCAA Division 1 softball at 33-0 through Monday’s games.

Following the Ducks are Florida State (three first place votes) and Arizona (two first place votes). Both teams moved up a spot at the expense of Florida, which dropped from second to fourth and received no first place votes after receiving 8 last week. Texas A&M is the final team in the top five, unchanged from last week.

Auburn is sixth and Minnesota is seventh with the teams swapping spots from last week. LSU is eighth, up two spots, while Oklahoma is ninth, up three spots. Washington is tenth, down two spots.

Coming in at number 11 is Alabama, who is down two spots. Meanwhile, moving up two spots to 12th is UCLA followed by James Madison, Baylor, and Utah. 16th through 20th is occupied by Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Kentucky.

There is a tie for 21st in the USA Softball Poll between California and Ohio State. 23rd belongs to previously unranked BYU, Arizona State is 24th, and Missouri is back in the poll at 25th. Wisconsin and Arkansas both fell out of the poll, which can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Oregon (15)49433-01
2Florida State (3)47035-1-13
3Arizona (2)46237-14
4Florida45133-22
5Texas A&M41631-35
6Auburn39331-57
7Minnesota37630-36
8LSU34931-710
9Oklahoma31231-712
10Washington30827-88
11Alabama28432-69
12UCLA28026-914
13James Madison27030-511
14Baylor26632-613
15Utah21124-715
16Michigan20826-7-118
17Tennessee18931-519
18Georgia15427-10T-16
19Louisiana13726-520
20Kentucky12324-8T-16
T-21California5621-1122
T-21Ohio State5622-725
23BYU4423-10Not
Ranked
24Arizona State3823-1223
25Missouri3420-14Not
Ranked

Previous Polls

Below are the polls from earlier in the season.

Preseason Polls

After Week 1 Polls

After Week 2 Polls

After Week 3 Polls

After Week 4 Polls

After Week 5 Polls

After Week 6 Polls

After Week 7 Polls

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Week Four Review

Week Five Review

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2017 College Softball Season: Week Eight Review

2017 College Softball Season: Week Eight Review

The eighth week of the 2017 college softball season saw March end and April start. There were some shockers (and not just on the diamond) as well as big games across the nation. Below, we take a day-by-day look at what happened in college softball.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

#4 Arizona showed no signs of a let down with a doubleheader sweep over Grand Canyon. Mandie Perez and Alyssa Palomino both had 2 RBIs while Danielle O’Toole threw a complete game in the 6-2 win. Arizona won more comfortably in the second game 13-0 thanks to an 8 run second inning. Katiyana Mauga and Mo Mercado both had 3 RBIs as seven different Wildcats recorded an RBI.

The lone SEC loss on the day (5-1) was #24 Ole Miss dropping a 5-4 decision against Jacksonville State. The teams were tied at 1 going to the seventh, but both teams were able to score a run in the inning to provide extras. Ole Miss looked to have a great chance to win after scoring two runs in the 10th on a wild pitch and RBI single by Courtney Syrett. JSU wasted no time cutting the deficit in half with a solo shot Anna Chisolm. JSU was down to their final strike when Jamie McGuire tied the game with her own solo shot and then Hayley Sims ended it in the 11th with a home run.

Southern Miss put up the high water mark for runs in a 21-5 win over Jackson State. 8 different batters recorded an RBI in the victory and Jillian Johnson threw the complete game over five innings.

The battle of Charleston was won by College of Charleston as they swept Charleston Southern in a doubleheader. The Cougars won the first game 6-5 thanks to a two run single from Dana Horgan while Izzy Berouty threw 2 2/3 innings for the save (gave up only two hits). The second game was a 2-0 win for the Cougars with the runs coming via an error and a sacrifice fly from Jordin Jones. Sydney Shipley had a very good outing allowing just one walk and two hits in the complete game shutout with six strikeouts.

The ACC duo of Pittsburgh and Louisville defeated Big 10 foes Penn State and Indiana, respectively. The Panthers fell behind 1-0 in the first, but were able to settle down and score the next seven runs for the 7-1 victory. Gabrielle Fredericks made the most of her only at-bat hitting a two run shot to lead the team in RBIs for the game. Louisville needed a two run single from Nicole Pufahl while Maryssa Becker threw a complete game two hitter. The Cardinals won 2-1 over Indiana and Becker improved to 15-5 on the season.

#11 James Madison bounced back from a surprising loss on Sunday to defeat Virginia Tech in a doubleheader. Game one was a pitching duel with the Dukes winning 2-0 thanks to a three hitter from Megan Good (8 strikeouts) and RBI hits by Taylor Newton and Madyson Moran. Game two was more offensive with JMU leading 4-0 after two innings and leading comfortably at 7-2 until the final frame. Virginia Tech closed the deficit rapidly with three home runs in the seventh from Caroline Schoenewald, Breanna Davenport, and Emma Strouth. Odicci Alexander came in and shut the door as Newton led the Dukes with 3 RBIs in the 7-6 win.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The action was light with #3 Oregon headlining the day’s games. They took on #25 BYU and won a close pitching duel 1-0. The lone run was not scored until the sixth when Nikki Udria brought home Alexis Mack. Miranda Elish pitch 5 1/3 innings giving up one walk, five hits, and striking out four. Maggie Balint came in during the sixth inning and struck out all five batters she faced while earning the win to improve to 14-0. BYU’s McKenna Bull had a very good performance allowing just three hits and striking out 8, but took the loss (now 15-4).

Albany, Quinnipiac, and Drexel all posted doubleheader sweeps over Siena, Hartford, and St. Peter’s, respectively. Boston College defeated in-state opponent UMass-Lowell 3-1 after all four runs were scored in the fourth inning. Lowell scored their run on a single by Madison Alcorn, but the Eagles came right back to take the lead on RBI singles from Jordan Chimento and Chloe Sharabba. Sharabba later scored on a wild pitch while Jessica Dreswick earned her 12th victory of the season. She pitched five innings allowing the one run on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The big news off the diamond came from Auburn as associate head coach Corey Myers announced his resignation, effective immediately. Myers resigned on Thursday night, but the news broke on Friday as the Tigers were set to face Georgia for a three game series.

#5 Auburn did win their game against Georgia 7-5 in the back and forth affair with the Tigers drawing 11 walks. Haley Fagan drew 4 walks and scored three runs while Kaylee Carlson earned the win to improve to 17-1.

Missouri stumped the bats of #9 Alabama with a very good pitching performance from Cheyenne Baxter. Baxter allowed two walks and six hits with five strikeouts. RBIs from Cayla Kessinger and Kolby Romaine gave Baxter the support she needed. Missouri won 2-0 and handed Alexis Osorio her third loss on the season (16-3).

#24 Ole Miss defeated #16 Kentucky 7-1 at home as the two teams began a three game series. Sarah Van Schaik had two hits, but both went for home runs and she recorded 5 RBIs. Kaitlin Lee had a strong outing giving up the one run on two walks and five hits with four strikeouts.

#12 Oklahoma opened Big 12 play by tearing through the Iowa State Cyclones. The first game was a 7-1 victory with the Sooners scoring two runs in the first, second, and third innings while five different players recorded an RBI. The second game was a complete destruction with a score of 20-0 in five innings. Macey Hatfield led the Sooners with 5 RBIs and Sydney Romero, Fale Aviu, Shay Knighten, and Kelsey Arnold each contributing 2 RBIs.

Also in the Big 12, Oklahoma State swept their doubleheader versus Kansas while #14 Baylor did the same to Texas Tech. OSU won 7-1 in game one thanks to 3 RBIs from Kristin Reasnor while game two was dominated by pitching. Shea Coats threw a complete game shutout allowing one walk and four hits with 10 strikeouts in the 1-0 victory. Baylor won 5-1 in their first contest after an 11 strikeout performance by Kelsee Selman and then won the second game 6-3 as five different hitters recording an RBI.

Big 10 favorites #6 Minnesota and #20 Michigan easily got past their opponents in five innings. The Gophers won 12-0 over Illinois with Sara Groenewegen throwing a one hitter and striking out 8. Kendyl Lindaman led the offense with two home runs (both in the fifth inning) and 6 RBIs. Michigan won 10-0 over Northwestern thanks to a three hitter and 10 strikeout performance from Megan Betsa. For Betsa, she recorded her 1,000th career strikeout in the win and Kelly Christner added 4 RBIs in the win.

#13 UCLA won the opening game of their series at #8 Washington, 6-2. The Bruins took a 2-0 lead after an inning and a half on RBI singles from Maddie Jelenicki and Delaney Spaulding. The Huskies clawed their way back in the second and third innings to tie the game thanks to an error by UCLA and then a solo shot by Ali Aguilar. UCLA reclaimed the lead in the fourth on a single by Brianna Tautalafua and then doubled their advantage on a sacrifice fly from Kylee Perez. Rachel Garcia, who improved to 9-4 on the season, helped her own cause with a 2 run shot to center in the top of the seventh to seal the win.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Three ACC teams scored 12+ runs in their victory over fellow conference foes. #1 Florida State defeated Pittsburgh 12-4 with 5 RBIs from Sydney Broderick as the offense put up 16 hits and Meghan King improved to 16-0. North Carolina crushed Virginia 12-1 in six innings with the Tar Heels posting 8 runs in the bottom of the sixth. Katie Bailiff ended the game with a grand slam and Brittany Pickett allowed one run on five hits with three strikeouts. Virginia Tech won 13-6 over Georgia Tech as Carolina Schoenewald (3 RBIs), Lauren Duff (3), Breanna Davenport (2), and Jessie Mehr each had multiple RBI games. The Hokies poured in 17 hits including three apiece from Schoenewald, Emma Strouth, and Aysha Richardson.

#2 Florida dominated #23 Arkansas 8-0 with Delanie Gourley allowing just two hits and striking out six over the run rule shortened five inning game. Jordan Roberts continued her tear with 4 RBIs to give her 10 over the last three games (4 versus Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday and 2 versus Arkansas on Friday).

#5 Auburn had an offensive explosion against #18 Georgia in a 13-4 victory. After drawing 11 walks in Friday’s game, Auburn drew 8 on Saturday with Haley Fagan adding 2 more to her weekend total (4 on Friday). Kendall Veach and Carlee Wallace both recorded 4 RBIs and Auburn recorded the 13 runs on 14 hits.

#9 Alabama won 9-3 on Saturday over Missouri with a great hitting performance by Peyton Grantham. She went 3 for 4 with 6 RBIs with all three hits going for home runs. Sydney Littlejohn picked up the win to go to 13-1 this season.

A good ole fashioned pitching duel broke out in Baton Rouge as #10 LSU hung on for a 1-0 win over Mississippi State. The Tigers scored the lone run on an infield single by Sahvanna Jaquish that scored Shemiah Sanchez. An error by Mississippi State kept the inning alive and allowed Jaquish to get an at bat. Sydney Smith (8-1) threw the complete game shutout allowing three hits and striking out three. Holly Ward got the loss to fall to 7-5, but she had a very good performance herself allowing the one run on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts. LSU is now 6-0 all time when they wear their teal uniforms, which they wore for their annual Strikeout Ovarian Cancer game on Saturday.

#17 Louisiana-Lafayette decimated Georgia Southern 25-2 in their doubleheader. The first game was a 15-0  win with three Ragin’ Cajun pitchers combining to toss a one hitter. The duo of DJ Sanders and Lexie Comeaux had 4 RBIs apiece with each hitting a home run. Game two was more of the same with Daniella Chavez recording 4 RBIs and Kassidy Zeringue driving home three runs. Louisiana won 10-2 to improve to 25-5 overall and 8-0 in the Sun Belt.

#6 Minnesota saw their 8 game winning streak snapped in a 4-3 victory by Illinois. Minnesota struck in the top of the first with a two run shot from Kendyl Lindaman and then went up 3-0 in the fifth on an RBI single by Maddie Houlihan. The Illini mounted a comeback in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single by Kiana Sherlund and two runs scoring on a throwing error. The Illini won in the bottom of the seventh on Annie Flemming’s double to left field that brought home Sherlund.

#20 Michigan won their 11th game in a row and posted their sixth straight shutout in a 6-0 win over Northwestern. Tera Blanco threw the complete game shutout allowing just three hits and Aidan Falk drove home three runs.

#12 Oklahoma, #14 Baylor, and Oklahoma State all finished off sweeps of Iowa State, Texas Tech, and Kansas, respectively. Oklahoma won 13-4 after 4 RBIs from Nicole Pendley including the walk off three run homer. Sydney Romero had 3 RBIs and the three through seven batters each scored two runs. Baylor won 4-0 with Kelsee Selman throwing a two hitter with two walks and five strikeouts. The Cowgirls easily defeated Kansas 7-1 with Alex Edinger going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.

#11 James Madison dropped their second conference game of the season in as many weekends after splitting a doubleheader. They crushed College of Charleston 16-6 in game one as Megan Good got the win and drove home 5 RBIs along with two home runs. Game two saw Charleston produce the sam amount of runs, 6, but their pitching held the Dukes in check for a 6-1 victory. Sara Garcia went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and two runs while Sydney Shipley threw a complete game allowing one run on six walks and four hits.

Cal Poly swept UC Santa Barbara in a doubleheader to start their Big West conference slate. The first game was scoreless until the fifth when Cal Poly scored two runs on a single by Stephanie Heyward and a sacrifice fly from Courtney Tyler. Santa Barbara cut the deficit in half, but the Mustangs were able to score two more including Heyward driving home a second RBI to win 4-1. Sierra Hyland threw a complete game allowing one walk and six hits with 10 strikeouts. Game two saw Cal Poly win 3-1 thanks to RBIs from Sierra Hyland, who also got the save, and Crimson Kaiser.

#13 UCLA withstood a furious rally from #8 Washington to win 9-8 and take the series. The Bruins took a 4-0 lead in the third and then made it 6-0 in the fifth on solo home runs by Brianna Tautalafua and Rachel Garcia. The Huskies cut it back to 6-4 after an single by Kaija Gibson and a three run home run by Taylor Van Zee. A two run double from Maddie Jelenicki and an RBI single from Paige Halstead made it a 5 run difference a 9-4, but Washington put up another 4 run frame. Three singles by Morganne Flores, Van Zee, and Kirstyn Thomas trimmed the score to 9-8. Washington had a great chance in the bottom of the seventh to tie and possibly win as they loaded the bases with one out. Rachel Garcia was able to get a strike out and fly out to end the game and improve her record to 10-4 this season.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Lehigh posted their season high for runs in an 18-0 drubbing of Lafayette. Production came from all over the lineup with 10 different hitters recording an RBI led by three apiece from Reva Alderman and Brianna Gerhardt. Pitching was excellent as Christine Campbell threw a one-hitter and struck out six to improve to 8-4. Lafayette did win the second game of the doubleheader 3-1 with Miranda Skurla driving home two runs.

The Big 10 saw the completion of sweeps across several series. Michigan State swept Maryland, Ohio State swept Rutgers by a combined score of 32-3, #20 Michigan finished off Northwestern for their 12th straight win and 7th straight shutout, and Nebraska over #22 Wisconsin. The last sweep was a bit of surprise as the Huskers came into the series 8-20 overall, but won all three games by 3+ runs.

#5 Auburn swept #18 Georgia thanks to a 4-3 win in the series finale. Courtney Shea had 2 RBIs as Haley Fagan and Kendall Veach both delivered an RBI for the Tigers. #2 Florida also swept their opponent, #23 Arkansas, after a 6-1 victory. The Gators offense was supplied by 2 RBIs from Nicole DeWitt, Kayli Kvistad, and Brooke Clemens while Kelly Barnhill threw five innings allowing one run on one hit and striking out 7. #10 LSU swept Mississippi State with Allie Walljasper throwing a one hitter. The Tigers won 4-1 with 2 RBIs from Constance Quinn.

Missouri secured a big series victory over #9 Alabama after winning 4-3 in 9 inningsRylee Pierce tied the game twice; once in the fourth inning on a solo shot and again in the sixth inning on a two run home run. The Tigers won in the bottom of the ninth on Kolby Romaine’s single that scored Kirsten Mack.

North Carolina defeated Virginia 8-7 in tight contest. Virginia took a 3-0 lead in the top frame, but the Heels scored five runs unanswered to lead 5-3. Virginia came back with 4 in the top of the fourth and that led to Brittany Pickett going into the circle for UNC. The Heels scored two in the fourth to tie the game and Kendra Lynch drove home the eventual winning run in the fifth. Pickett threw three scoreless innings to move to 14-1 on the season.

The Mountain West saw the two of the top teams, Utah State and Fresno State, fall in their games. Utah State lost 4-2, but won the series after taking the first two games. Boise State took a 2-0 lead in the first and it was not until the sixth inning that Utah State tied the game with RBIs from Sarina Jaramillo and Sydney Hart. The Broncos reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Edwards and added another to reach the final score line. Despite the loss, Utah State still leads the MWC at 6-3.

As for Fresno State, they lost a second straight game to Nevada, but they still remain one game behind Utah State. Nevada took a comfortable 7-2 lead in the top of the seventh on a three run home run by Kenzi Goins and Fresno State closed the gap to 7-4 on back-to-back RBI doubles by Lindsey Willmon and Savannah Mchellon. However, the rally was too little, too late and the Bulldogs lost 7-4.

The final unbeaten team in Division 1 softball, #3 Oregon, still remained that way after a sweep of #21 Arizona State. The Ducks needed an extra inning to win 1-0 and remain undefeatedMia Camuso’s single to center field brought home Haley Cruse and gave Oregon a 33rd straight win. Megan Kleist threw 6 1/3 innings allowing two walks and four hits while striking out four, but did not earn a decision. Maggie Balint came in for the final 1 2/3 innings and earned the win (16-0) allowing one hit.

#8 Washington was able to avoid a sweep at the hands of #13 UCLA. The Huskies won 12-7 with a 4 for 4 and 5 RBI performance by Casey Stangel while Ali Aguilar went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Maddie Jelenicki and Bubba Nickles both had a double, home run, and 3 RBIs in the loss for UCLA.

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